A man from Windsor, N.S., is recovering from minor burns after an early morning fire gutted his home.

Windsor Fire Chief Scott Burgess says his crews were called at about 4:30 a.m. on Monday to an old house at the corner of Albert Street and Wiley Avenue.

“To a find a single male tenant out of the building with nothing more than the clothes on his back and the fire was out burning into the second duplex next door. The tenant got out of the original building with a minor burn and that was it,” he said.

The flames ripped through the home, but firefighters from West Hants, the Hantsport area and other volunteers arrived before other buildings could be destroyed.

Tenants in a nearby 12-unit apartment building were evacuated as a precaution but soon returned to their homes, according to the fire chief.

“We had the potential of a third large apartment complex within 25 feet of catching as well. So we brought in lots of resources and managed to save both,” said Burgess.

He says the flames are out and investigators are now trying to figure out what caused the fire.